976 Balloon Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
30/04/1942 (Died of Wounds)
Stephen George Kirkham was the son of Mr and Mrs. T. Kirkham and husband of Mrs. Mary Agnes Kirkham of Hammond Street, Moneymore. He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 976 Balloon Squadron in Egypt. Balloons provided protection at several important ports and coastal landing areas, effectively enhancing the existing anti-aircraft defences and preventing low level attacks by enemy aircraft. Stephen George Kirkham appears to have died from wounds received in action.
Heliopolis, a major suburb of Cairo, lies 10 kilometres to the north-east of the main city centre, approximately 6 kilometres from the airport. Heliopolis War Cemetery is situated opposite El Banat (Girls') College in Nabil el Wakkard Street, and access to the cemetery is from this street.